Friday, December 10, 2010

Coming to mailboxes soon!

I went to the post office and sent off my first batch of Christmas cards today.  WOW we papercrafters have to pay.  Alot of mine were $1.22.  Poor guy.  He weighed and added exact postage to each one for me.  Did you know the square cards cost more.  I had no idea.  Well it was worth it.  I like sending out my bulky, oversized handmade creations.  So, I'm really getting down to the wire though.  I'm looking for some clean and simple idea's to inspire me now.  These are not so clean and simple, but lots of fun to create.


I got busy with my Layers of Color stamps for this one.  I used several different sets : Waltzing Reindeer, Acanthus Leaves, Joyful Noise, and Touch of Elegance.

I was inspired by this piece of dp by Making Memories


It's from their Mistletoe line.
This year I purchased a couple of the Stampin Up Christmas sets.  I loved this nativity scene.  This one took longer than I thought because I had this idea that it would be so easy to stamp on the blue paper with VersaMagic and emboss with white ink.  Well that part was.  It was finding something white that would cover up the blue that was the challenge.  I started out with my white pigment ink and a dove blender pen.  Still had a blue hue after I finished.  Then I just knew that a white paint pen would cover it.  Yeah, it did, after about 5 coats.  I did this process around the edges as well.  And then added the glitter.  I want be doing that technique again, Ha!  You live and learn.  I do like the way it turned out though.  Next time I'll just paper piece it.  Some how with all that work, it's still not the masterpiece I envisioned.


If you are a last minute Christmas card maker, don't feel alone, I'm sure there are many more of us out there.  Keep plugging along with me and we wil make it.

Have a glittery day!

27 comments:

Justine said...

Great stuff lady, they are both gorgeous! You are way ahead of me. I think I should stop traveling for a bit and focus on getting ready for Christmas?? I need 25 more days not 15

lisa808 said...

I'm jealous--your cards are in the mail already! I am only half finished with mine.

Grace said...

Oh my goodness Melisa these are beautiful!!! Love the vibrand colors and strips of different images on the Layers of Color one! It's fun and makes me smile! Love the blue and white on the second. Yes a square card alone is 20 cents more, and then with added weight it can be much more! But for those special people we love... it is worth it! I however will not be able to make cards for everyone!!! We have moved 18 times and my list is WAY too long!!! LOL! Have a wonderful weekend!

Stacy said...

Great cards, love them both! I've had my cards finished for a few weeks now, but they're still sitting! LOL

MaxineD said...

Two stunning creations, but the blue one is the one that really appeals to me, despite your misgivings, it is an amazing card to my eyes :-)
Blessings
Maxine

Sammibug said...

Beautiful creations, Melissa! The blue and white card is stunning! Thank you for sharing your wonderful creation with us at Stamping With The Dragon.

HappyCrafter said...

These are fabulous! Love them both, and especially the second one, it is out of the ordinary and very striking! Have a great weekend!!

brenda said...

Hi Melisa

Two beautiful creations.

I love the vintage feel to the first and the lovely sentiment adn the colours on the second perfect.

Thank you for sharing with us at Stamptacular Sunday this week and good luck.

B x

Sammibug said...

Gorgeous cards! Love them both! Thanks so much for playing along with us in our "anything goes" challenge at Craft Your Passion. Good Luck in the draw!

Love crafts forever said...

O WOW! How Beautiful! Thanks for playing with us at Stampin With The Dragon. Hugs Nataliya.

downrightcrafty said...

lovely sparkle and perfect for our challenge at Stampin with the Dragon
Hugs Kate xx

Janice W. said...

Both cards are beautiful. I love the embossed snowflakes and the green. Looks fantastic! Thanks for joining the Peachy Keen challenge. Good luck!

Joanne (jojot) said...

both are beautiful....thanks for playing with the CCEE

Gemma said...

Both cards are great, love the white stamp you used, really stylish card! Nice take on our bleu bleu christmas challenge of this week. Thank you for joining us at SSC. Gemma

Sudha - Art Admirer said...

Beautiful works Melisa.
Like the white stamping a lot.
Hey Happy Birthday to u, Happy Birthday to u, Happy Birthday to u.
Check ur mail box dear.

Hugs
Sudha

Inspired By Friends said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for playing with us at Stamping With The Dragon.

Hugs,
Beth

Viv said...

Wow! Such a lot of work but looks great! Thanks for playing at Southern Girls. Viv :)

Dragons Lair Designs said...

Beautifuil cards thank you for joining us here at the Stampin with the Dragon Challenge Blog.

Hugs Janette
Stamping Dragon Designs

Laura - Layers of Color said...

These are beautiful cards, Melisa! I especially love the blue texturing, that one is gorgeous!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
happy birthday to you
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MELISA!
HaPPy BiRtHdAy to YOU!!!

Hugs Birthday hugs!!

Lovely Linda said...

What gorgeous cards Melisa - I love them both - they are so varied and equally gorgeous! I find the American postal service inetersting - here we can send Christmas cards up to a certain size nationally for 55cents...nice and easy! God bless you my friend! {{{hugs}}}

Jennie said...

Beautiful designs Melisa!! Love the inspiration and perfect take on it. Also love the Nativity design, so lovely and great job on both!

Julie said...

Just brilliant Melisa,thankyou for sharing your card with Southern Girls,Have a great week,Julie.x

Basement Stamper said...

gorgeous cards, love them all. Impressive that you sent out so many cards, and stinks that you had to pay so much to mail them.

Diana Queen said...

Melisa...you have been a busy and creative girl! Funa and beautiful cards! ;D

Shalini said...

lovely cards... lucky recipients...

Tammy said...

Beautiful! thanks for playing along with Stampin with the Dragon.

Sudha - Art Admirer said...

Thanku dear for ur sweet comment on my blog dear.

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